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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2007-02-09 09:51:16

Plumbers on Shrooms

It occurred to me that all of Mario's adventures could be explained as hallucinogenic flights of fancy.

So my plan for Fridays is to talk about the comic books I liked from the batch I pick up on Wednesdays.

I'm going to start with Detective Comics. If you like Batman, and want self-contained comic books that tell an entire story (as opposed to 128-issue story arcs) this book is for you. Also, it's written by Paul Dini, the dude who wrote the best episodes of the Batman Animated Series.

Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil was a fun, charming read as well. It's written and illustrated by Jeff Smith of Bone fame. (If you have never read Bone, you must.) Honestly, Captain Marvel is a pretty goofy character, but Smith plays this up, bringing a very appropriate childlike fairy tale quality to the book.

I love Garth Ennis' Punisher. It's loaded with perverse sex and violence, which seems gratuitous, until you realize it's why Frank Castle does what he does. The series takes place away from the spandex-clad Marvel universe; it's essentially our world with a special ops vigilante taking out gangsters, drug pushers, child pornographers, etc. Despite the moral difficulties of the Punisher's extreme methodology, there's something simply cathartic about the way he sanitizes the filthiest members of humanity.

My last pick of the week is Fell, written by Warren Ellis. Fell is amazing. Anyone who has the slightest interest in police crime stories, shows like Law and Order, do not miss this book. Mind you, this isn't a glitzy CSI kind of book - it's about getting down and dirty with the characters, not "spectro-analyzing farts" as Ellis puts it.

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